5 accessible devices for kids with disabilities

July is Disability Pride Month, and in addition to it being a time of celebration, it’s also an opportunity for institutions and businesses to understand how to be better allies to members of the disabled community. Fortunately, tech and gaming companies have stepped up when it comes to creating products geared toward kids with disabilities. Here are five cool gadgets designed to meet the needs of kids with disabilities. 

1. Xbox Adaptive Controller

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that helps streamline gaming. The device was created to accommodate gamers with limited mobility. Players can connect external devices such as switches, buttons, mounts and joysticks to create a custom controller experience. Discussions with The AbleGamers Charity, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, Warfighter Engaged and others have helped shape this device’s design, functionality and packaging. 

2. MusicGlove hand therapy for PC and Mac

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MusicGlove combines music and gaming for an immersive therapeutic experience. The device is FDA recommended for neurological recovery to improve mobility for hands and fingers. The MusicGlove can help with developmental disabilities as well as long-term recovery from a brain injury, such as a stroke. Through playing an engaging musical game, users are motivated to perform hundreds of healing hand and finger exercises.   

3. Dot Watch: The world’s first braille smartwatch

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Dot is a motorized braille smartwatch designed for visually impaired users. Worn by celebs such as Stevie Wonder, this watch can tell time up to the second in braille. But this watch can do more than just tell time. Once the Dot is connected to a smartphone through Bluetooth, each smartphone functionality, such as texts and alerts, is translated into braille.

4. QuadStick FPS game controller

Credit: QuadStick

Designed specifically for quadriplegic individuals, the QuadStick offers a hands-free approach to gaming on consoles and PCs. The device’s USB game controller is compatible with the PS3, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Its optional Bluetooth module can function as a generic gamepad, mouse and keyboard, or as a serial connection for relaying voice commands.

5. Linelax silicone adaptive hand mobility aid

Credit: Linelax

This multifunctional tool assists with hand mobility and is perfect for people living with limited hand functionality, cerebral palsy and other muscle or neurological conditions. The utensils are easy to install and are compatible with an extensive assortment of essential everyday devices.

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